Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
Knox Presbyterian Church120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)

Ontario Legal System in Crisis

Hosted by the Ottawa Citizen's Matthew Pearson

Ontario Legal System in Crisis

Hosted by the Ottawa Citizen's Matthew Pearson
Knox Presbyterian Church
120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)
Dr. Julie Macfarlane
Mitch Kowalski
Thomas G Conway

Is the justice system in Ontario broken? Is it doomsaying to use the term 'crisis'? 


We turn to three prominent and innovative leaders from the legal community to 'lift the hood up', and take a look at the symptoms and solutions to the dysfunction plaguing litigation today. In doing so, they take a sober and critical look at their own industry and invite participation in the discussion.


We can no longer deny that the price of accessing justice is too high for the vast majority of people in society. If it happened tomorrow, could you afford to pay the legal fees associated with a garden variety civil lawsuit brought against you? What about a divorce or family estate dispute? For most people, any brush with the law can break their banks and threaten their psychological well-being.


An exponentially growing number of people are simply turning away from lawyers to handle their legal troubles. Instead they forage for themselves in an unforgiving and rigid system beset by a labyrinth of procedural hurdles and an increasingly impatient gatekeepers. Is this access to justice in any meaningful sense?


Developed by: Kristopher Dixon, Williams McEnery LLP


Books by participating authors available on-site. A booksigning will follow each event.


Join Wait List

Ontario Legal System in Crisis

Notify me if new tickets come available for this event

Number of tickets:

Ontario Legal System in Crisis

Please RSVP to help us gauge interest in our programming and be reminded when this event premiers